A Permanent Revolution in Whitehall: the Major Governments and the Civil Service

  • Kevin Theakston


The Thatcher decade had been a traumatic one for the civil ser­vice. There were significant cuts in its size, with staff numbers fall­ing by 20 per cent, and a determination by Thatcher to ‘deprivilege’ civil servants. The 1980s also witnessed the deterioration of pay in the civil service vis-à-vis the private sector, and a bitter, protracted strike in 1981. There was also the banning of trade-union member­ship at the government’s Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) at Cheltenham. Not surprisingly, morale in the civil service plum­meted whilst Thatcher was Prime Minister.


Amid Bark Defend Mete Ethos 


Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

Copyright information

© Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited 1999

Authors and Affiliations

  • Kevin Theakston

There are no affiliations available

Personalised recommendations